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Money and Possessions in Proverbs | TGC - Kevin DeYoung
These are a few of the most important big-picture principles that bind the book together. Working in his trademark question and answer format, Alcorn teaches how we can (and must) handle our money and possessions in a way that honors God. This is no-holds-barred stuff; he teaches that most of us have neglected our responsibility to give deeply, consistently and generously. He rebukes the materialism that inhabits the church to almost the same extent that it inhabits the world. He calls for a radical rethinking of the way most of us relate to our money.
The Bible says a lot about money and possessions
Let me tell you how Alcorn goes about addressing this issue. He does so in six sections: Money and Possessions, Perspectives that Impede Faithful Money Management, Our Stewardship in Eternity’s Light, Giving and Sharing God’s Money and Possessions, Wisely Handling God’s Money and Possessions, and Passing the Baton of Wise Stewardship. As you would expect, he progresses from biblical teaching on the foundations of money to the way we use our money to the way we teach others how to use their money.
In these days of economic uncertainty, and in a society that values financial security, money is an emotional topic. Appearances and lifestyle matter to us. And money–or the lack of it–often determines whether or not were content. The truth is, our attitudes toward money and possessions reflect the quality of our relationship with God. And, according to…
No, but it's easy to get that idea. Scholars point out that Jesus discusses money more than heaven and hell combined, and that Jesus talked more about money than anyone else in the Bible. Financial teacher Howard Dayton, for example, has counted 2,350 verses in God's Word that deal with money. Pastor Rick Warren suggests that stewardship and redemption are the two themes which encompass the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Author John Ortberg asks his readers to ponder why the Bible's Author and Editor would devote twice as many verses to money than to faith and prayer. Such comments remind us how much God has to say about money; they also show us how critical it is for us to pay attention to what God's Word says about our possessions and pocketbooks. But like all statistics and truisms, these carry the potential of being misinterpreted or misused. In fact, the Bible is a guide for all of life and practice (2 Timothy 3:16)—not just finances but also marriage, work, character, family life, military service, education, government and many others. We cannot reduce the Bible to a primarily financial message. In the end, Scripture's primary focus is God's gospel to his people. So, while the Bible says a surprisingly great deal about money and possessions, it would be wrong to state that the Bible says more about finances than about any other topic, or that money is the Scripture's primary concern.In these days of economic uncertainty, and in a society that values financial security, money is an emotional topic. Appearances and lifestyle matter to us. And money–or the lack of it–often determines whether or not were content. The truth is, our attitudes toward money and possessions reflect the quality of our relationship with God. And, according toWhat does the Bible really say about money? This completely revised and updated version of the classic best-seller provides a Christian perspective about money and material possessions based on the author's painstaking study of the Bible. Randy Alcorn uses the Scriptures to approach this often touchy subject head-on. Thought-provoking arguments challenge readers to…